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this is "world news," and right now, millions of us are slipping and sliding across highways layered with treacherous ice. watch this bus go into a light post. cars trapped on highways or out of control and we report from the middle of the storm. showdown, live from iran on the eve of nuclear talks, why some americans are being cheered by the iranians tonight and david muir is there. real money. on oscar weekend we show you a new way to save a lot of cash on movie tickets and popcorn. and our person of the week. >> thelma & louise ride again. >> i sit down with my friend robin roberts who tells all of us how to find the strength inside you don't even know you
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have. >> i feel strength like i have never felt before. >> good evening. as we come on the air this friday night, millions of people are trying to drive home on sheets of ice. the giant snowstorm still on the move. think of these images as a kind of sos, planes paralyzed, highways a danger zone. as one monster storm is winding down, another is powering up. abc's john schriffen is in minneapolis where streets have become a slip and slide. >> reporter: snowy, icy roads tonight turning mush of the midwest into a deadly skating rink. crash after crash from this monster storm. nearly 300 accidents in minnesota alone. >> it's a mess. it's really a mess out here. >> reporter: in ohio, this
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tractor trailer dangles precariously after it skidded up onto an overpass. and watch as this bus in missouri loses control, knocking down a street lamp. even the most experienced of drivers, those long haul truckers, forced to pull over. >> more just keeps coming in and getting stuck because of the hot tires melting the snow and turning into ice and then you can't move. >> reporter: driving and stopping in ice is not always easy. triple a recommends. always giving yourself enough room to stop, make sure any car in front of you is at least eight to ten seconds away. the storm stretched more than a thousand miles bringing 18 inches of snow in some places. >> it was a very impressive storm, not only on the size, but what it was able to produce. >> reporter: like tornadoes. one in texas, killed a woman as it swept though her home. nationwide nearly 1,400 flights have been canceled since the storm hit on thursday. a passenger flight in cleveland this morning, skidded off the runway as it landed. and in kansas yesterday crews
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used plows and shovels to dig one plane out. and back here in minnesota, this is what they have to dig out of. and the roads, covered with layers of snow and ice. now, diane, there's another storm on the way set to hit the northeast this weekend. people in new england, bracing for similar conditions. >> all right, john, our thanks to you and safe travel to everyone tonight. and now the big news on oscar pistorius, the olympic star charged in the murder of his girlfriend. it's surprised a lot of people that he's free on bail tonight. why? and is his medical condition play a role? abc's bazi kanani tells us. >> oscar pistorius appeared tense is somber as he waited to learn whether he could go home. >> i've come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> cries of relief from his family. >> we know oscar's version that is the truth and that will
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prevail in the coming court case. >> reporter: defense attorneys convinced the court pistorius is not a flight risk, in part because his legs require constant medical attention. he left the courthouse today without a police escort. prosecutors will push forward with the charge of premeditated murder, while the defense alleged sloppy police work. >> the holes in the prosecution's premeditated murder case were exposed. holes that will undoubtedly come up again when there's a trial. >> reporter: pistorius will return to court for a pretrial hearing on june 4. steenkamp's family has chosen not to comment tonight. >> thank you, bazi. talk about a surprise encounter overseas. we head to iran on the eve of nuclear talks where abc's david muir found himself in a room with the volatile president and david joins us from tehran to tell us more.
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>> reporter: here on the streets of tehran, nuclear tensions mounting even before the talks start. we learned today of something that never happens here, a moment in which iran and america were sharing the same stage. after several requests, hours much waiting, we were allowed in. suddenly we hear an unfamiliar introduction. >> from the united states -- >> reporter: the u.s. team being announced. but at the door, one more delay for us. guards tell us our female producer can't go in. >> she cannot come. no women. no. >> reporter: but we keep asking and they finally allow her in. one of the only women in the entire arena. a handshake from one of the american coaches who recognizes us. on the matt, americans already competing in front of iran. the signs side by side in english and arabic. "we are all wrestling fans." and in the corner -- jordan burroughs who trained in nebraska for the olympics, the. and still when his name is
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called here -- >> from the united states of america -- >> the cheers are deafening. and just listen to them chanting his name. >> reporter: this american cheered on even here. and jordan wins again. a message with impeccable timing because soon after, an entrance. the iranian president waving to the crowd, watching iranian and americans here in tehran. >> how are you? >> reporter: and in the crowd, fans welcoming us to iran, so many of them surprised when we tell them we're from the american broadcasting company. one little boy reaching out with his hand too. in the end here, the iranian team emerging with the gold, the u.s. team with bronze, jordan holding that trophy. suddenly, a nod from the president when he noticed our crew from america, but it was the next gesture on that stage iranians rarely see here, a handshake to that team from
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america, from a leader locked in a long-standing nuclear steal mate with the u.s. and much of the world. >> abc's david muir reporting from the streets of tehran tonight. now overseas to greece and they're underwater tonight, fierce lightning, five hours of torrential rain triggered blackouts and swamped streets across athens. we saw a picture today of a woman who was clinging to her car, saved from the powerful flood waters by a good samaritan. back home in washington, there were alarming predickedzs about what will happen to all of us and american life one week from tonight if those mandatory budget cuts crash down, 85 billion by law. so will it actually take place? what will hit first? abc's jonathan karl on the sequester bearing down. >> reporter: with absolutely no deal on the horizon, those cuts
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are almost certain to go into effect. the question is -- how bad will it really be? the white house brought out the transportation secretary today to warn of massive delays at airport across the country. >> you're going to be delayed. >> calamity. >> this is a big deal. >> reporter: and it's not just airport hell. the administration has warned of meat shortages, greater risk of fewer fbi agents, kids thrown out of childcare and worse -- warnings ridiculed by the president's opponents. >> this is hardship on a whole lot of people. seniors -- middle class families. >> reporter: we've heard about more wildfires, more workplace deaths, higher risk of terrorism, criminals set free. is there any exaggeration going on here? >> all of those things come from reduced numbers of people fighting fires. those are just the facts, jon. >> reporter: that may all happen, but the cuts represent a tiny fraction of government spending. take the department of transportation. it would be forced to cut $1 billion from a $74.2 billion . >> a billion dollars is a lot of money.
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>> reporter: let's be clear. it's less than two percent of your budget. >> it's a lot of money, jonathan. they must wait at least 30 days before forcing employees to take that time off. so it will be until april before you see those flight delays. >> okay, we are one week out from this crashing down. trouble for lance armstrong tonight. the justice department announced it will sue armstrong because the u.s. postal service sponsored armstrong's cycling team to the tune of $30 million. and there's news tonight about how much americans may be overpaying on medical bills. in the spotlight because of a ground-breaking new investigation by "time" magazine and with it, here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: when emilia gilbert fell and went to the er she was diagnosed with a simple broken nose. a few weeks later, she got the bill and was floored again. >> i knew i would have to pay something, but i didn't think it was going to be $9,000.
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>> reporter: including $6,500 for three cat scans that the government says should actually cost the hospital about $825 under medicare rates. >> the charges were outrageous. >> reporter: the time study found non-profit hospitals routinely billing many patients more than what a procedure costs the hospital. >> they're making a ton of money. >> reporter: for example, one hospital charged a patient $157 for a blood test that they bill medicare just $11 for. another patient, $8,000 for a stress test that medicare charges about $550 for. >> reporter: the american hospital association said a bill reflects not just the patient's treatment, but also, quote, what it takes to provide the care, the nurse at the bedside, and all the staff who keep the hospital running 24 hours a day. so what to do? brill says what most people don't know, they can usually "new york times" -- negotiate their bills down, so they don't
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pay the price, like emilia gilbert. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> and on monday on "world news" we'll show you how to negotiate down some of your medical costs. and steve brill will be on with george stephanopoulos on sunday. still ahead, it's oscar weekend, but do you look at the price of movie tickets and think, give me a break. a new way to save your families real money at the movies next. [ male announcer ] it's surprising what your mouth goes through in a day. but what's even more surprising is that brushing alone isn't enough to keep it clean. fortunately, you've got listerine®. unlike brushing which misses 75% of your mouth, listerine® cleans virtually your entire mouth. so what are you waiting for? it's time to take your mouth to a whole new level of health. listerine®... power to your mouth™. and take the listerine® 21 day challenge. feel the difference, or your money back.
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movies!? her first tip? buy your movie tickets in bulk, in advance. you can buy your tickets ahead of time in bulk on your movie chain's website for up to $3 off per ticket. at big wholesalers like costco, they sell discounted movie tickets. here, they're selling two for $15.99. no restrictions, no expiration date. that saves the alinas over 20%. tickets at their new jersey theater cost $11. another way to save, maximize your club membership. many theaters offer affiliation discounts that can add up. for instance -- >> about 30% off with aaa membership. >> reporter: but you have to call triple a. and if you want to save money on those costly concessions, consider buying discounted movie gift cards. you can find them online and then use them for tickets and your favorite snacks. so what about the alinas? they were spending $2,600 a year on movies, including snacks.
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and we love our instant index tonight. it starts with an impossible dream. do you remember kayla sloan? we showed you the walmart cashier who liked to sing to her customers. no reason to believe anybody big would notice. ♪ my coat of many colors that my mama made for me ♪ >> well tonight we can tell you her dream will come true on march 23rd. kayla told us the grond olopry called us out of the blue after seeing her story on our broadcast. kayla will sing two songs at the opry, one of them coal miner's daughter. 48 hours from hollywood's biggest night. we have a prediction for some of the winners. scientists at georgia tech studying more than 200 acceptance speeches. here's what they confirm. remember cuba gooding jr's cube rant dance? indeed the numbers show men are
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more likely to wave their statues in the air. and remember gwyneth. >> i would not have been able to play this role had i not understood love of a tremendous magnitude and for that i thank my family. >> and as halle berry shows, women are more likely to cry. by the way, the experts found every winner is more likely to thank mom than dad. so this year, start counting the dads too. and be sure to tune into the oscars this sunday starting at 7:00 p.m. right here on abc. coming up next here, a personal conversation with my friend, robin roberts, who tells all of us how to find the strength we may not believe we have. she is our person of the week. if you have high blood pressure and get a cold
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talking the way we used to on gma, gathering our thoughts, our facts and trying to tame our >> thelma & louise ride again! >> for seven years, we were next to each other facing every morning, the good days, the tough days, and then good days again. when you wake up in the morning, what's different now? >> i feel pretty much like myself. i mean, for many, many days and months, it was just a fogginess. i was there. i was saying all the right things. i was faking the funk for a long time. >> i knew you were. >> i've talked to a lot of people who have gone through this. we just want to comfort those people who want to comfort us. >> comfort through the hard reality that comes with the miracle of a bone marrow transplant. but even if you believe in miracles, sometimes it takes all the strength you've got. >> it was about a week or so after my transplant. and if you look down my throat,
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they said it looked like i swallowed a blowtorch. i couldn't eat or drink. i remember one particular evening, not feeling well at all, and just slipping away. for lack of a better phrase. it was that give-up type stage. and i was in this coma-like state. and then all of a sudden, as clear as all get out, i heard my name -- robin! robin! and at first, i was like, is that my name? i thought i was somewhere different. i just remember opening my eyes and my sweet nurse jenni, always had a mask on. so i could just see her eyes. her eyes were this large. she's looking at me. i wanted to go, what? what? >> did you think in that moment that you had a choice, if she hadn't been there? >> i was thinking about my mom allot. truth be known, in fact, i
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thought it was my mom calling my name. >> and in a way, i think it was my mom's voice. not for me to come to where she is now, but for me to stay where i am. and i don't know, had jenni not been there. i was in that kind of just -- but boy, she was. that's all i look at it as. she was there and it was shortly thereafter, but i turned the corner. >> returning with a new message for everyone who's struggled. faith, family, friends, and the power you have within. >> i have always said -- and i will say this to people who when they're facing a tough challenge, being optimistic is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. >> what do you see when you look in your eyes, your own eyes now
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in the morning? >> you know what, i see a strong woman. i know people have said that about me, but we all know our own insecurities and we all know how we really feel about ourselves. i feel strength like i have never felt before. i do. i do. and there's something freeing, there's something liberating about not being afraid. being afraid but still doing it. because if we wait until there's no fear, we're going to be waiting a long time on the sidelines. if this has taught me anything, it's that i don't care who you are, where you are, what your circumstances, there's a finite amount of time that we all have to do whatever it is that we're meant to do.
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and nowhere is it written that we should not be happy. >> the happy times and the hard times, tonight robin roberts will take you on an extraordinary journey, a special edition of "20/20" at 10:00 p.m. eastern. and we thank you for watching. "nightline" will be here later at 12:35 a.m. have a wonderful, happy weekend. goodnight from us.
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